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Honda Re-signs Edwards and Slight to Race New V-Twin in 2000 WSB Series

Honda has re-signed Edwards and Slight to ride the new V-Twin Superbike during the 2000 season. Here is Honda’s official press release, received this evening by MD.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 1999

The Castrol Honda team is pleased to announce that Colin Edwards and Aaron
Slight will remain with the team after both agreed terms and have re-signed, for
the year 2000 season.

Both will race the new Honda VTR SP1 (known as the RC51 in the US) in the 2000
World Superbike championship, in Honda’s official, two-man team.

Slight, who joined Castrol Honda for the 1994 season, is looking forward to the
new challenge with the new factory machine.

“I rode the VTR at the start of the year in Australia and I’m confident both
Colin and myself can challenge for the 2000 world title,” said Slight.

He continued: “This will be my seventh year with Honda in the World Superbike
championship and hopefully I can finally win the title I’ve worked so hard for.”

For Edwards the year 2000 season will be his third on a factory Honda and the
25-year-old Texan is confident it will be third time lucky.

He said: “I finished fifth last year, hopefully I can get second this year and
go on to win the title in 2000. The new machine will be a new challenge for
everyone in the team but it’s also a challenge everyone is very much looking
forward to.”

Team manager Neil Tuxworth commented: “To re-sign Aaron and Colin is great news
for us. We need as much experience as possible for next year with the new VTR
and it’s good news that both riders are staying loyal to Honda.”

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